Dodgers at Marlins
Off to their worst start in 60 years, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been unable to snap out of their funk despite playing a last-place team for the third time in their last four series. The favorable schedule has been anything but for Los Angeles, which will try to halt a five-game slide when they resume their three-game series at the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
The Dodgers fell to 1-7 this month against three clubs occupying the respective basements of the three divisions in the National League following Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Miami. Despite the season debut of 2017 All-Star Justin Turner and the return of Logan Forsythe, who both came off the disabled list Tuesday, Los Angeles continued to struggle offensively and has managed 11 runs during its five-game skid. Catcher J.T. Realmuto had an RBI double among three hits for the Marlins and has hit safely in all 20 career games against the Dodgers. Martin Prado, elevated to the leadoff spot for the first time, responded with two hits to help Miami win for only the second time in the last six games.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles), FS Florida (Miami)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers RH Walker Buehler (2-1, 1.64 ERA) vs. Marlins LH Caleb Smith (2-4, 3.63)
Buehler struggled in relief over the final month of 2017 in his first taste of the majors, but he has thrived in a starting role this season. He has surrendered two runs or fewer in each of his four starts, even though he was a hard-luck loser last time out, tossing six innings of two-run ball versus Cincinnati. Buehler has struck out eight in each of his last two turns and has yet to allow a home run.
Smith has yielded a total of four runs over his last four starts but is only 2-2 in that span, taking the loss after giving up two runs over 5 1/3 innings versus Atlanta last time out. He won his previous two starts, permitting just five hits over 12 2/3 scoreless innings. Smith is holding opposing batters to a .204 average, although left-handed hitters own a .292 mark while righties are a meager .162.
1. Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig is 9-for-45 lifetime in Miami -- and five of the hits have been homers.
2. Marlins RF Brian Anderson has hit safely in four straight and seven of eight games.
3. Los Angeles is 21-for-129 with runners in scoring position over the past 16 games.